US Fish and Wildlife Service wants public to know about devastating impact of balloons on animals

USFWS Wants Public To Know About Devastating Impact Of Balloons On Animals

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is imploring Americans not to let go of balloons outside.

According to the agency, their impact on wild animals is quite negative — and often fatal.

Many animals are attracted to balloons' bright colors and treat them as food which can harm or kill them. Many more are simply caught up in hanging balloon strings where they are injured or strangled to death.

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US Fish and Wildlife Service wants public to know about devastating impact of balloons on animals

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Funi the Panda enjoys eating her birthday cake to celebrate her first Australian birthday at Adelaide Zoo on August 23, 2010 in Adelaide, Australia. Funi, meaning 'Lucky Girl', turns four years old today. Funi, who shares an enclosure with Wang Wang, are the only Giant Pandas in the Southern Hemisphere and the first to live permanently in Australia.

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South Korean women feed pieces of carrot to giraffes with their mouths during an event at the Everland amusement park in Yongin, south of Seoul, on April 8, 2010. The event signaled the opening of a safari for grass-eating animals at the park.

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Kory Steele holds a strawberry for one of his box turtles to eat in his yard in Newport News, Virginia, June 3, 2010. Steele's front yard used to be a small, lifeless buffer from the street. Now, the mulched, minimum-grass yard always offers something to see, smell, touch and enjoy when you pull into the driveway. He owes it all to the native plants he's discovered.

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An African ostrich is fed at the Giza zoo in Cairo on December 10, 2014. Khedive Ismail, the ruler of Egypt from 1863-1879, built the zoo and planned the opening to coincide with the inauguration of the Suez Canal in 1869 but was not able to do so in time. On March 1, 1891, the zoo was officially opened for the public covering an area of 80 acres, and in the mid twentieth century it was considered one of the best zoos in the world.


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Mei Xiang, mother of recently born Bao Bao, eats a bamboo breakfast January 6, 2014, inside her glass enclosure at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC. Bao Bao made her press debut today and will soon be presented for public viewing.


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A rare gold brushtail possum eat carrots while displayed by wildlife personnel at Martin Place public square in Sydney's central district as Australia's zoo and aquarium association celebrate the National Threatened Species Day on September 7, 2012. The event brings focus on wildlife conservation and education of local communities about the importance of threatened species in Australia while visitors can interact with the animals handled by wildlife personnel.

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A mountain goat tries to eat some grass laying on it's head at the zoo in Wuppertal, western Germany, on April 19, 2012.


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A Red panda feeds on fruits at its enclosure at the zoo of Mulhouse, eastern France, on January 11, 2017.


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A squirrel monkey eats berries frozen in a block of ice at London Zoo in London, Britain August 16, 2016.

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A Bactrian camel eats a carrot thrown into his enclosure by visitors at wildlife park "Opel Zoo" in Kronberg, Germany, March 20, 2016.

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A Steller sea lion eats fish during a press visit at the Marineland zoo in Antibes before its reopening, 6 months after the flooding that affected the French Riviera in October 2015, in Antibes, France, March 17, 2016.

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A hippopotamus eats a cold watermelon in its enclosure in Belgrade's zoo August 24, 2012. Temperatures in Serbia have risen up to 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit), according to official meteorological data.

(REUTERS/Ivan Milutinovic)

Melbourne Zoo's Newest star Unnamed baby Spider Monkey drinking/eating on January 29, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.

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An adult and baby meerkat cool down as they eat a watermelon given to them by their keepers at ZSL London Zoo on July 9, 2010 in London, England. The Met Office has predicted temperatures as high as 31C in the capital today prompting them to issue the first weather health alert this summer.

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A newly born pygmy hippopotamus walks around its enclosure as the mother feeds at the Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam on September 30, 2009.


Giant Silver Back Gorilla Kelly picks up three carrots to eat as he and the rest of the gorillas at the Los Angeles Zoo are served a vegetarian feast made by top Chefs from 10 popular LA restaurants to promote the LA Zoo's annual Beastly Ball on Thursday June 4, 2008. During the Beastly Ball, guests are invited to stroll the grounds after hours to view animals.

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A tapir eats an apple in a pond at Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna July 6, 2012. Austria has been hit by a heat wave since last week with temperatures up to 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit), according to Austria's national weather service agency ZAMG.

(REUTERS/Herwig Prammer)

A male common squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus) eats a banana inside an open air enclosure at Royev Ruchey zoo in the suburbs of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, June 22, 2012.

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Nadaya, a male western lowland gorilla, eats a pumpkin at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Illinois October 28, 2009. Zookeepers fed pumpkins to the zoo's lions, tigers, bears and gorillas, in honor of the upcoming October 31 Halloween holiday.

(REUTERS/John Gress)

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(REUTERS/Nicky Loh)

Six-year-old male orangutan "Allan" eats a piece of watermelon given by its trainer during a pause in the animal show at the Everland Zoo in Yongin, about 50 km (31 miles) south of Seoul, July 14, 2005. Zookeepers give the animals special treats in the summer season to help them overcome hot temperatures in South Korea.

(REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)


Sea turtles are particularly at risk as they commonly surface to breathe and then mistake wayward balloons for food.

Another organization, Balloons Blow, has a photo gallery on its website dedicated to showing numerous instances of animals that either died or got injured due to balloons.

The plea from USFWS to avoid releasing balloons comes after more than a hundred of the celebratory plastic orbs were recovered from a wildlife refuge in New Jersey during a recent cleanup operation. The balloons were all found on one beach alone.

The Fish and Wildlife Service suggests people celebrate with environmentally-friendly balloon alternatives like kites, pinwheels and bubbles.

Also see some adorable unlikely animal best friends:

Unlikely best animal friends
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US Fish and Wildlife Service wants public to know about devastating impact of balloons on animals
The baby kitten sits on the Beagle's back trying to get his attention.
The three play at Noah Ark Rehabilitation Centre after their rescue in 2001.
They go for walks together and play together until they fall asleep on the sofa together.

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